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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,269Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 670

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 670

400 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
34%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in West Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

67% of this provider’s 400 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,105 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in West Virginia
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,654 838 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,304 406 2 3
GABAPENTIN 862 155 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 620 250 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 557 215 5 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 555 248 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 460 137 7 9
METFORMIN HCL 449 159 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 447 125 9 5
CRESTOR 445 112 10 18
RANITIDINE HCL 443 123 11 25
PROAIR HFA 421 91 12 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 407 142 13 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 380 136 14 23
NEXIUM 361 117 15 14
FUROSEMIDE 327 148 16 6
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 320 38 R 17 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 303 137 18 10
SINGULAIR 298 69 19 56
DEXILANT 290 51 20 70
IBUPROFEN 270 30 21 50
MELOXICAM 249 52 22 33
CLOPIDOGREL 236 94 23 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 225 51 24 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 202 64 25 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 101 26 15
SPIRIVA 176 80 27 51
CARISOPRODOL 175 16 R 28 161
TIZANIDINE HCL 172 13 29 87
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 50 29 27
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 169 29 31 96
PLAVIX 158 62 32 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 50 33 37
TRICOR 149 36 34 83
CLONIDINE HCL 148 79 35 62
VENTOLIN HFA 146 27 36 163
PAROXETINE HCL 139 55 37 52
AMOXICILLIN 131 61 38 91
KLOR-CON M20 124 62 39 57
TRAMADOL HCL 124 25 39 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 120 39 41 20
GLIPIZIDE 117 57 42 67
ATENOLOL 117 62 42 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 11 44 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 54 45 42
AZITHROMYCIN 106 36 46 35
SERTRALINE HCL 105 15 47 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 35 48 43
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 103 22 49 98
CARVEDILOL 100 44 50 29
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 29 51 69
ALLOPURINOL 83 23 52 38
LIPITOR 81 40 53 156
CYMBALTA 81 26 53 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 80 31 55 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 47 56 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 11 56 55
PEN NEEDLE 77 25 58 142
JANUMET 76 26 59 189
NAPROXEN 76 19 59 81
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 29 61 92
TRAZODONE HCL 71 24 62 39
BENICAR 69 0 63 159
DIOVAN 69 28 63 48
ALPRAZOLAM 66 14 65 138
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 17 65 75
LYRICA 66 19 65 65
LOVAZA 65 28 68 108
LANTUS 65 19 68 58
LOVASTATIN 64 16 70 44
MECLIZINE HCL 63 31 71 114
HUMALOG 63 35 71 197
PROMETHAZINE HCL 59 21 R 73 106
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 24 74 60
SYMBICORT 56 0 75 153
COMBIVENT 56 30 75 167
JANUVIA 53 19 77 53
TORSEMIDE 50 23 78 100
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 0 78 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 34 78 45
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on June 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.